Ron Singh, Obsessed with Productivity
Mise à jour il y a 124w
How I Stopped Being a Morning Loser:
I was a Late Larry.
Scrambling every morning, I’d rush to shower, forget to shave, throw on wrinkled clothes, skip breakfast and panic asI sat in traffic, knowing I would miss my train and be late for work….Again.
Internally I was extremely driven and wanted success.
Externally I looked like an unmotivated goof who just rolled out of bed and didn’t give a shit.
This morning “behaviour” impacted my job and almost got me canned, more than once. It snowballed to impact my physical and mental health, caused anxiety, and left me with ‘busy’ syndrome with ‘no time’ for friends, family or even dating.
I read countless books, blogs and anything on how to fix it, but just couldn't.
Most advice was condescending and judgmental, as if I chose to be this way.
They all just told me I had a problem and needed to fix it…uhhh no shit.
Amazingly, once I stumbled across a solution it was so simple it reversed everything almost instantly, and created a solid foundation for success.
NegativeLife Impacts of Morning Lateness:
Running late impacted my job, health, mental ability and social life...All because my morning started wrong.
After a typical late morning, I’d tiptoe past my boss and slip into my desk hoping no one noticed (they always did). I’d then gaze at my monitor for an hour as I destressed from my panic induced commute. The rest of the morning I’d remain glued to my desk, too scared to grab breakfast or even take a dump. Not sure if it was the guilt from being late or paranoia of being watched. If missing breakfast weren’t bad enough, I’d then work through lunch to showcase my “dedication” (My first meal of the day would typically be after 1pm!)
I felt obliged to work late, and frequently missed out on drinks with friends, time with family, potential dates and gym time (after awhile everyone stopped calling to hang out since I was always ‘too tired’ or ‘too busy’).....But, no matter how late I worked or well I performed, a negative impression was already imprinted in my bosses mind and my brand was damaged. It became an uphill battle. He watched me like a hawk and looked for mistakes. During performance reviews, he pretty much told me I sucked. It snowballed further. I gained weight from inactivity and stress,looked frazzled and felt tired and isolated.
I’d come home exhausted, and stressed about the next morning.
This impacted my sleep. I'd wake up in a cold sweat from dreams about being late!
It was a vicious cycle. The next morning I’d feel tired from a terrible sleep and would repeat the same thing over-and-over again.
Then one day I ran a simple experiment that changed my life.
Insert a chip in my brain?
Attend a 65-week boot camp?
Drink kale & prune juice mixed with cricket piss?
I started using the Timer on my iPhone.
Yep, this pretty much changed EVERYTHING
(…WTF is this idiot talking about?? stay with me, I’ll explain!!)
What was the Underlying Cause of Lateness?
My problem was basically that I’d doze off when getting ready in the morning.
Brushing teeth turned into 10 minutes as I stared into the mirror while half asleep.
5-minute showers turned into 15 minutes asI zoned out and continually rubbed soap on my forehead.
Even the simple task of finding socks and underwear became a 10+ minute routine.
These small steps added-up quickly. A 20-minute morning swelled into an hour.
This led to missing breakfast, looking scruffy, missing my train and ultimately getting to work late…With no solid foundation in the morning, everything else fell apart and set off a negative domino effect for the day.
What’s this Magic Solution?
Well, back to the iPhone Timer thingy......I never wanted to be late and wasn't lazy.
I just dozed off and kept losing track of time (it felt like morning ADHD).
So here's what I did, which only took a few seconds:
1. Wrote out every menial morning task + amount of time required
Example: Brush Teeth (1minute), Piss (1 minute), Shower (6 minutes), Dry (1 minute), Dress (3minutes), Hair (2 minutes), etc.
2. Add up the total
3. Set timer to total # of minutes
4. As soon I woke up in the morning, I’d start the timer and it was Go Time
That was the Gist of it.
Psychologically, knowing how much time I had kept me on track and got me out the door in the morning
Disclaimer: You must actually wake up in the morning to make this work!
Then what happened?
After about a week of trying this out, the result was Total Awesomeness.
First, I got to work on friggin time!
Once at work, I no longer felt stress or paranoia hanging over my head.
I felt energized, organized and more confident.
I stopped skipping lunch and went out with colleagues. I got to know them better and realized work relationships are more important than the actual work.
I no longer needed to stay late and pretend to work. I had time to meet up with friends/family, hit the gym and go on dates.
It took time to fix my negative impression at work. But, after awhile I landed anew job, partly thanks to a solid reference from my boss. I felt healthier and happier than ever, and in control of my day.
While the timer wasn’t the be-and-end-all solution, it set a solid foundation for a great day. A productive morning kick-started the rest of my day, reversing the snowball effect. I was then able to implement additional hacks to improve myself even further.
Still seems abit crazy that such a small mental shift created an exponential return.
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Ananya Neogi, Experience has taught me!
Répondu il y a 163w · En vedette sur Business Insider
Réponse d'origine: I've never been a morning person, but I want to be one. Is there a way to become a morning person?
In today's world where everybody is so ambitious tend to do a lot of work at night. They fill up their schedules during the day and still need to meet hard deadlines, so there's a tendency to work later and later. It's like in college when you have a big paper due and an exam the next day, so you cram the entire night just to get it done. Nights seem to have endless possibilities, and when you drink enough coffee, it feels like they can continue almost indefinitely.
But by now you probably know that nights are overrated. Pull an all-nighter and you're out of it the entire next day. It can take several days to recover. In general, by the end of a day, the last thing you want to do is more work.
So it's important that you switch to being a "morning person."
Even if you never really embrace mornings, setting a routine can transform your entire workday.
I was a night owl once but I have forced myself to become a personne du matin and things are going great so far! (Yayy!) These are the few things I follow and surely this has helped me a lot!
First of all, Create a Better Sleep Routine!
Studies show that people who get seven hours of sleep (almost exactly, not more or less) are much healthier and less likely to get sick.
To be in bed early enough to get seven hours, you have to make a few changes to your routine. Many people claim they don't get tired early enough to go to bed earlier. That can be fixed by adjusting your evening schedule. For the last hour of the day, disconnect from technology and read a book. Turn down the lights; put on your pajamas. Take the steps you need to prepare your body for sleep, and try to stay away from caffeine too late in the day.
Make the Most of Your Morning
Start the day with a clear head!
- Stop hitting the snooze button.
Do you think that by setting your alarm for, say, 45 minutes before you have to climb out of bed—and hitting the snooze button every 10 minutes—you'll gently and gradually rouse yourself awake? Nope.
This is common, I hear of people who set like 10 alarms to wake up!
The bad habit cheats you out of extra minutes in deeper, more restorative sleep stages and instead keeps you in the lighter ones.
A better idea: Set your alarm for when you actually have to wake up. Then, put it on the other side of your bedroom so you'll get out of bed to turn it off. Another strategy: When the buzzer sounds, swing your feet over the edge of your bed and sit up. If you can make it that far—and resist the urge to fall backwards—you'll have an easier time pushing yourself off of the mattress!
- Don't keep your shades drawn.
Sunlight alerts your body that it's time to wake up, so if you want to rise when the sun does, then be sure that you don't keep drawn your blinds before you go to bed. Light is definitely an alerting signal. It tells your brain that it's time to wake up and get up!
- Splash your face with cold water.
It's an old trick, but it works. It can trigger an automatic reflex that'll give you a surge of adrenaline.
- Now drink some water!
People wake up better if they're hydrated, going for too long without drinking anything can make you feel unmotivated and sluggish. It is recommended drinking an 8-ounce glass of water within the first hour of waking up. After all, your body just went about 8 hours without any liquids.
Meditate for 10 to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. There are apps like Headspace or Buddhify that might help you get started. These apps both work really well for beginners since they have starter programs made for beginners that build up slowly.
- Écrire. L'artiste a Way recommends a practice called morning pages, in which you write two to three pages to clear your mind in the morning. You can write your thoughts, the things you are grateful for in your life! You will feel happy and motivated to get your day started!
- Étirer Try doing stretches every morning. Your body will become alert that the day has started! It's a great way to get your body moving and blood flowing, and is especially suited for people who can't think too early in the morning.
- Prepare breakfast.
Preparing a en bonne santé breakfast for yourself can be part of your morning ritual. It can be fun too, to experiment with different products! Never skip breakfast! It will give you energy to start your day.
Other ideas include going to the gym for an hour, going for a walk, reading a chapter of a book, taking a long shower, listening to your favorite album, or even just taking the time to prepare your own breakfast.
Whatever you choose, avoid checking email on your phone, as it's very easy to distract yourself and lose the benefit of the clear mind and productivity that having a proper morning routine can provide.
I will recommend to prepare a day's agenda a night before.Write down your goals and the things you want to achieve. In this way you will have motivation to wake up in the morning and get started!
It's hard to develop a morning practice if your night schedule changes drastically each day. But a little motivation and determination is all that is required!
Yes you can do it!
J'espère que cela pourra aider!
Nitish Kumar, Discovering and developing
Répondu il y a 134w
I am a night owl. Tell me to be awake up till 6 a.m., you have me; ask me to wake up at 6 - sorry.
Since my college days, I have seldom woken up in the mornings. But, whenever I did, I realized two things:
(1) The environment is at its best - chirping birds, dew filled grasses, greenery all around (which we fail to notice on a day to day basis), cool breeze, cold weather (here at my place days are hot most of the time), and soothing sensations.
(2) By the time it was a regular morning time for me, I could accomplish something that made my day more productive.
These things were enough to make me realize the importance of waking up early. But somehow my lazy self never made a sincere effort to do this. I waited years together for this change to happen to me. Then came Quora, there were several questions similar in tune to the one above, I read the answers to many, my heart pounded as if I had achieved something, but next morning it was again 8 on the clock. I failed to understand - I knew the benefits, I liked it when somehow I woke up early in the morning, I made up my mind every time I read something about becoming a morning person; but then why didn't I try my level best to change things.
I found the answer a couple of months ago; I wish to share the same - EVERY THING DEPENDS ON MOTIVATION.
I started to learn playing tennis in the evenings three months back. I fell in love with the sport. After basic training for a month, my coach told me that you have learnt the basics to some level; it's time to play the match to better your techniques. I was excited. He continued, "if you want to play the match, you would have to come in the morning". On the way back home, I was filled with mixed emotions - of being happy about playing the match, and of being burdened about getting up in the morning. I wanted to play, so I made up my mind to wake up in the morning. First day, alarm rung at 5:45 am, snoozed till 7, I woke up at 8. Second day the same, third day was no different, it continued for a week. I had the option to go to play in the evening as well, but I did not go. I forced myself to believe that I am the culprit for not attending the classes. Every day, I used to wake up with more and more regrets for not attending the class. Then I tried more and it worked. These are the things that helped bring in the change:
- Motivation/Fear - For a late night owl to become a morning person, the most important thing is motivation. I had the motivation to play tennis that made me to get up in the morning. Before that, I never forced myself to make the change. Find something for yourself that motivates you to get up from the bed. Something that you really want to do and what can be done only in the morning. I have mentioned fear as well; this is because I used to get up at 6 am for the entire duration of my school life, at 7 am during my college days, and at 8 am when I started to work. This means that if you have a fear to attend to something (even though you are not sufficiently motivated), you would wake up on time. I would hope for everyone to get the motivation rather than the fear.
- Get lots of sleep for first few days - For the initial few days, you might fail to wake up. In that period, try to get as much sleep as possible. I tried this for a few days and it worked. I forced myself to sleep 12 hours a day for 3 days, and then on the next day I woke up earlier than my scheduled time, as my body rejected the extra sleep I was providing it with.
- Capitalize that day and enter into a cycle - The day you wake up early in the morning, is the day that would mark the beginning of a change in your waking up pattern. Make yourself busy that day, work hard and exhaust yourself. For me, most of the work was done while playing tennis. The benefit of getting exhausted is that you will not have to force yourself to sleep early that night. You would doze off to sleep early and after completing a good night's sleep of 7 to 8 hours, you would wake up fresh and recharged and guess what - at the right time. Do it again for the next day, then again, repeat. Slowly, it would become a healthy pattern for you.
- Get sufficient sleep - While practicing to become an early morning person, it is very important that you get a good and sufficient sleep, otherwise, your pre-developed instincts would kick in and you would wake up late.
- Définir les alarmes - There is no problem in setting alarms or even snoozing, as long as you wake up at the time you want to wake up.
- Give yourself time - For many people like me, who have been a night owl for past several years, it's not proper for us to expect to become a morning person in a day. Give yourself sufficient time; it took me two weeks to start to believe that I can wake up in the morning if I wanted to. DO NOT stop trying if this does not happen to you.
- Follow the cycle - Keep yourself motivated, get lots of sleep, wake up on time, work hard and get exhausted, go to sleep early. If you ever miss the cycle, because of late night parties or gossips, try to follow points 2, 3, and 4 to enter back into the cycle. Of Course, point 1 should always be there to support your wish for a change.
In no time you will jump from this cycle
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to this one:
Remember, ANYONE can become a morning person. Everything depends on Point 1 - how motivated you are. If you feel, you cannot do it, the only reason is - deficiency in motivation. Find something else that is worth for you.
As for me, now I go to play tennis in the mornings. I still miss some classes because I have still not become a morning person completely (that's why the answer started as: I am and not I was). I wake up early even on Tuesdays (no classes that day) and use the time to read in the garden or pray. I am happy now.
I hope you know the benefits of waking up early in the morning. Well, there are plenty. I have yet to experience many of them.
Istvan Fonay, Scrum Master (2016-present)
Répondu il y a 61w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 98 et de vues de réponses 55.2k
While I am a morning person and I really like my morning rituals, I do have to ask you… Why do you want to become a morning person?
If only because it’s hip lately, you don’t have to. I know lot of people, who are entrepreneurs or self-employed and they love being an evening person. Some of their most productive hours are in the evening, that’s when they write their books, arrange most of their tasks or become creative.
However, if your schedule doesn’t allow you to be an evening person, of you feel like that you can be active / productive in the morning, I used the below tips to create my morning routines and became a ‘morning person’.
Go to bed on time. If you want to get up early, you should go to bed early, no way around it. your body and mind needs rest. On average 7 hours a day, might be a bit more or bit less. Experiment a bit.
Have motivating goals in your life. Might not be your average tip for getting up early, but I think this really helps. When something really excites you, when something fires you up and motivates you, you just want to spend as much time on it as possible.
I have motivating goals but i also brake them down into smaller steps, so I have small achievement to work for. This helps to keep the fire building and makes me excited in the morning, wanting to get up and check what the status is with my business, trading, etc.
Practice gratitude and say thank you in the morning. One of the first things I do is follow a few simple questions, which I learned from Tony Robbins’ classic, Awaken the Giant within. It goes like this (I modified it a bit for myself):
- Qu'est-ce qui vous rend heureux?
- What awesome thing are you looking forward to at the moment?
- Que faites-vous reconnaissants?
- What did I learn yesterday?
I answer these questions every morning, while I am still in bed. These questions will put you in the right mental state straight away. It also wake your mind up a bit and helps to get over the drowsiness.
Drink a cup of water or juices or tea. Funnily enough, drinking requires quite some attention (not to choke obviously), so it helps you to wake up a bit.
Be consistent about your efforts. If you want to be a morning person, do it consistenly, let your body get used to the time when you go to bed, wake up and things you do. It will help you get into a rhythm and after a while you be even able to wake up without an alarm clock.
Do something for both your body and mind. Like I said above I follow a few simple questions to kick the day off but I also do some meditation or mind relaxation exercise next to it. My favourite is the Dream place relaxation technique. It’s a positive visualisation exercise.
I also like doing a light physical exercise, such as stressing or yoga for stress relief. For me personally these are the best to get my heart pumping, but some people prefer going for a run or working out. Again, experiment a bit. Doing a physical exercise will definitely help you in the long run and put you in the right energetic mood in the morning.
Make sure that you bedroom is set up for a relaxing good night sleep. If you are not rested it will be hard to wake up in the morning. Some tips:
- Make sure its dark enough in the room
- Keep the room a bit colder, rather than warm
- No electronic devices
- Keep the room well ventilated, let some fresh air in before going to sleep
- Some plants can help keeping the air fresh
I hope these tips will be helpful! If you need some additional help setting up your morning ritual, check this article out: Tips for relaxing morning rituals
I would really appreciate an upvote if you like the tips!
Relax and be well,
Ashutosh Mishra, works at ANZ Australia
Répondu il y a 206w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 303 et de vues de réponses 437.9k
Réponse d'origine: How do I become a morning person?
This topic is very close to my heart. I used to be a night person throughout my student life and during early professional life as well. However, being a banker, I am supposed to be alert during day time, with long working hours and uncertainty in the length of working day. So, being a night person started taking a toll on my efficiency during the day and my workout schedule went haywire.
To correct this, my wife advised shifting the routine to an early to rise and early to bed. First you really need to want to become a mornings person. That means understanding the trade off as follows:
Positives of early morning schedule:
1. You get to start your day peacefully and plan properly
2. Your exercise/fitness schedule is more certain as it is not dependent on how long you had to work in office or you get pulled into an evening event.
3. Since your workout or fitness regime is over in the morning, you are not under tension whole day about doing it in the evening.
4.You are more energised during the day.
5. You can spend more quality time with your spouse, kids, family or girlfriend in the evening.
6. If you are a person with spiritual bent of mind, morning is the best time to pray or to meditate.
Negatives (frankly, all these negatives don't matter at all)
1. You don't get to enjoy the morning sleep
2. You will feel sleepy earlier than usual which means that you need to hit the bed early and say good buy to late night parties, TV, social media, browsing, sports on TV, movie shows in the night, heavy boozing etc.
If you think about it, the second item above is actually a huge positive but seems like a negative to the habituated person.
Now, coming to the point. How to do this? The answer is - slow and steady wins the race. Work on gradual shifts in your schedule. Avoid drastic changes. Drastic changes tend to be short lived. If you are used to waking up at 7am, try for 6.45 for a week, then 6.30 for a week and so on. Parallelly, start hitting the bed earlier than usual. The body clock works in a manner that your body will start signalling sleep earlier than usual. If you were sleeping at 1am, you will feel sleepy at 12.30 and gradually earlier. In my case this change took about three-four months but it has stuck with me for many years now.
Another advice - don't be extra harsh on yourself. Exceptions are fine. If you had a late night due to some unavoidable reason, it is ok to sleep to complete the sleeping requirement of the body. If I do have a late night due to travel or a party, I don't unnecessarily push myself for a workout in the morning. Take that as your rest day and bounce back the next day. Do not allow the break to become bigger.
Only problem happens when these exceptions start becoming the routine. So, do not have any planned exceptions like once a week etc. The rule is - if it happens due to unforeseen circumstances, it is fine. Otherwise, pls avoid. It is also a matter of self-discipline at the end.
Chamzat Tambiyev, I try
Mise à jour il y a 121w
-- HOW TO BOOST YOUR MORNING IN 2 MINUTES --
Do you spend most of your precious morning time in zombie mode, being a grumpy, sleazy person? Do you often waste a lot of time wandering around and then end up having to hurry like crazy the last few minutes because, well... you don't really know why?
Sounds like a perfect description of how I used to be in the morning.
This has changed though, with a simple hack.
source: Apothecary Travels
The first thing I do when I wake up is take an icecold shower. By icecold I mean not-being-able-to-stand-still-or-breathe-cold.
After that shower I feel 100% energetic and my mind is as sharp as a knife.
It started as a 2-week challenge to test my character, but I continued doing it because it obviously benefits me.
It will be really hard to do this it for the first couple of weeks — but after a while; you'll actually keep struggling with it. Sorry for killing your enthusiasm.
I said this is a simple hack — not an easy one.
Seriously, though. It's a challenge every single morning.
But let me tell you, after you take that cold shower you'll feel like there's nothing for the rest of the day that can stop you. Beastmode activated!
There's a lot of truth in this. How many people do you think will do this for the sake of improving themselves?
It has gotten to a point where if I don't take a cold shower in the morning, I'll feel like a total loser for the rest of the day.
Maybe I'm exaggerating. Rereading what I just wrote, it does sound kind of goofy... Kind of.
There are also a lot of healthy benefits to this: it increases your metabolism, it's better for your hair, it strengthens your immune system...
Besides, your bank account will be grateful, too.
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